- Category: Politics
- Published on Thursday, 23 December 2021 11:04
December 22, 2021
Belgrade University’s Senate voted unanimously to take away Finance Minister Sinisa Mali’s doctorate on Wednesday.
Mali was accused in 2014 of having plagiarized his doctoral thesis by Dr Rasa Karapandza, a Serbian professor living abroad. The allegations were investigated by the University Ethics Committee as well as the Faculty of Organizational Sciences (FON) where he defended his doctoral thesis which was proved to have been copied from other theses. The case became political with the authorities defending then Belgrade Mayor Mali. Allegations of other ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) officials getting fake doctorates or plagiarizing their theses have surfaced since.
The Senate decision comes after the Belgrade University Professional Ethics Committee confirmed a ruling by FON dean Milije Suknovic who issued a public condemnation of Mali’s un-academic behavior when drafting the doctoral thesis. The Senate annulled Mali’s doctoral diploma in December 2019 but an Administrative Court annulled that decision on procedural grounds.
The Senate is the highest university body with 46 members: deans, institute directors, the University Rector and four deputy Rectors. A decision requires 24 votes.